RALEIGH, N.C. (November 30, 1999 10:30 p.m. EST) - Jeff O'Neill had two goals and two assists, including the game-winning score with 6:18 left as the Carolina Hurricanes claimed a 4-3 comeback win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.
O'Neill's eighth goal of the season helped the Hurricanes erase a 3-1 deficit and win for the first time this season when trailing after two periods.
Meanwhile, Calgary ran its road losing streak to five straight and is 0-4-2 in its last six games against the Hurricanes.
Sean Hill's power play goal with 13:25 left tied the score at 3-3 and set the stage for O'Neill's game-winner from the slot seven minutes later.
Paul Coffey assisted on both third-period goals to move past Mario Lemieux and into eighth place on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 1,495 points. The 38-year-old Coffey has seven points in his last five games.
Hill, a defenseman who scored one goal over the last three seasons, notched his fourth of this year as Carolina improved to 4-1-4 over its last nine games.
Calgary had been outscored 32-17 during the second period of games this season, but got goals from Andreas Johansson and Cory Stillman in a five-minute span to take a 3-1 lead.
A careless mistake by goaltender Fred Brathwaite, who failed to cover the puck, resulted in Andrei Kovalenko's fifth goal of the season just 10 seconds before the end of the second as Carolina closed to 3-2.
The Hurricanes came out flat following an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring former defenseman Steve Chiasson, who died in an auto accident this spring.
Jeff Shantz got one by Arturs Irbe from the slot seven minutes into the game before O'Neill's seventh of the season late in the first period completed a perfect 3-on-2 break to give the Hurricanes a 1-1 tie.
CALGARY FLAMES VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES
NOVEMBER 30, 1999
CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:
On the game:
“Well it was a real important come-from-behind win. It’s interesting we played a couple games – two or three games this year – almost in some ways the same philosophy about defending the way we did. They were happy sitting back and waiting for us to make some mistakes. Get a puck deflected when teams are so patient like that. Across the blue line we just couldn’t get anything generated in the first. The guys really fired it up in the third. They used their speed and started hitting a little bit.
On O’Neill and Coffey:
“I can’t say enough about Paul Coffey and Jeff O’Neill. I think those guys were the difference in the game tonight. O’Neill’s line now has played some real solid games for us as of late. Sean Hill’s goal was a result of O’Neill sitting on top of the crease. There should be an assist but it will go unnoticed.”
On the pace of the game:
“Hill was our only physical guy there in the first. We had 29 faceoffs in the second period. I don’t think it could have gone any slower. We had the broken glass in there, which was nice, just to slow things down a little bit more. When you’re playing a hockey team that you think you should beat, and you’re down two goals at times it was just like there was no wind in our sails. At one point I was basically playing two lines. We had five faceoffs on one power play. So it’s very frustrating. I was really pleased that the guys were able to pull it out and not lose it.”
CALGARY FLAMES COACH BRIAN SUTTER
On the Kovalenko goal:
“Freddie had it covered. Freddie said the guy kicked it out from under his glove.”
On the third goal:
“You take a penalty like we did on the third goal, they end up scoring on you. Obviosuly you say you try and kill those penalties.”
“We come out in the third, we were fine there at the beginning. It was the type of game we playing at them. You take that type of penalty. Also on the winning goal, we have two guys going to the net and (Weimer) blows a tire, falls down, and you have a guy like Coffey that doesn’t happen much. We did all the good things right.”
On the game:
“It’s a game that you should have got something out of. Played well enough to get points in. We had a power play, we had opportunities. It’s interesting how they got all the power plays in the third period. They got a power play goal and they scored it right after our power play.”
“We’re a team that can’t make those little mistakes like that. Even the first goal. We played a heck of a first period.”
-----------------------------Calgary 1 2 0--3Carolina 1 1 2--4-----------------------------FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Calgary, Shantz 4 (Johansson, Bure), 12:46.2, Carolina, Oneill 7 (Kovalenko, Roberts), 17:55. Penalties: Nazarov, Cgy(holding), 3:38; Roberts, Car (holding), 8:43; Wiemer, Cgy (highsticking), 20:00.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Calgary, Johansson 3 (Shantz, Housley),11:22. 4, Calgary, Stillman 9 (M St Louis), 16:36. 5, Carolina, Kovalenko5 (Roberts, Oneill), 19:50. Penalties: Hill, Car (Obstr hooking), 4:32;Dollas, Cgy (holding), 12:03.THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 6, Carolina, Hill 4 (power play) (Coffey,Oneill), 6:35. 7, Carolina, Oneill 8 (Coffey, Kovalenko), 13:42.Penalties: Nazarov, Cgy (closing hand on puck), 5:52; Dollas, Cgy (highsticking), 7:41; Hill, Car (boarding), 11:15.Shots on goal:---------------------------------Calgary 9 7 6--22Carolina 12 11 9--32---------------------------------
Power-play Conversions: Cgy - 0 of 3, Car - 1 of 5. Goalies: Calgary, Brathwaite (32 shots, 28 saves; record: 3-6-1). Carolina, Irbe (22, 19; record: 9-6-6). A: 8,903. Referee: Mcgeough. Linesmen: Orourke, Schachte.
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